To secure or not to secure. That is the question.

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    Dec 04, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
    Wireless networking for the past three years unsecured...no probs except for the occasional "security breach" where someone borrows my internet for a few minutes. No big deal.

    Then this morning I wake up to "local only, no internet." Uhh...laptop works fine. Desktop nogo.

    What ended up being the problem? Someone else bought a Netgear wireless router that was interfering with mine, and the DNS signals were crossing.

    So I had to put on my old "professional networking" thinking cap (used to do it for a living) and actually go secure my network. It was a pain in the ass. Five minutes of my life wasted.

    *pouts* icon_sad.gif

    But now I has intarwebz on mah desktop again. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 04, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    I have tried about five times to secure our network, and I can't figure out how. I need to have one of my techie friends down to just do it. Give him a beer or something for his efforts.
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    Dec 05, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    I've secured mine, but I'm not sure why. To dip into my wireless signal, someone would have to drive at least a quarter mile on to my property. I suppose it will be more important when i get more physical security systems incorporated into the network.
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    Dec 05, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    It helps if ones home is constructed as a Faraday Cage. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    Couldn't you have just changed the channel (frequency)? Usually wireless routers have a few you can choose from.
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    Dec 05, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    Why would one NOT secure their wifi network? Worst case scenario, one of your neighbors is leeching your wifi and likes to download child porn. The authorities trace the IP address to YOUR internet account and you're the one that ends up in jail.

    It only takes a few minutes to secure your network. Just do it and save yourself from potential hassles later.
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    Dec 05, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidIt helps if ones home is constructed as a Faraday Cage. icon_eek.gif
    And yet someone STILL tried to steal your Bentley. icon_lol.gif
    BTW, did they catch & prosecute the asswipe(s) who did that?
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    Dec 05, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhy would one NOT secure their wifi network? Worst case scenario, one of your neighbors is leeching your wifi and likes to download child porn. The authorities trace the IP address to YOUR internet account and you're the one that ends up in jail.

    It only takes a few minutes to secure your network. Just do it and save yourself from potential hassles later.
    The Feds have already been to my place, asking if I knew some dude (they showed me a pic).
    Turns out the previous resident here was on the sex offender registry and didn't change his address.
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    Dec 05, 2010 2:55 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI've secured mine, but I'm not sure why. To dip into my wireless signal, someone would have to drive at least a quarter mile on to my property. I suppose it will be more important when i get more physical security systems incorporated into the network.


    If I lived in town, I would absolutely secure my WiFi network. But, I'm about two tenths of a mile from the gravel road I live on, and there is no one in range of the router. Even with a Cantenna, I can't pick up the signal from anywhere along the road. So, I keep the WiFi unsecured so that it's easily available to visitors. With so many open routers in town, I don't worry that people are going to drive all the way out to the house, park in front, and steal bandwidth.

    BTW, Paul, if another router is interfering with yours, go into the router config and change it to a different channel.
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    Dec 05, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    Paul, ponder this one question:

    Q: If a child pornographer were living next door and was using your wireless to exchange their filth, who would have to initially deal with the legal hassle from multiple law enforcement agencies?

    A: You would. And, you would most likely have all of your computing equipment and devices confiscated until the forensic team has combed your equipment thoroughly.

    Is it worth securing your wireless? Answer that question for yourself.

    Love and hugs!

    Alan



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    Dec 05, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidQ: If a child pornographer were living next door and was using your wireless to exchange their filth, who would have to initially deal with the legal hassle from multiple law enforcement agencies?

    I could die in a horrific car accident when I go to the grocery store. The odds of that happening are probably higher than the police investigating me for someone abusing my WiFi to find child porn.

    I leave it open to be nice to the neighbors.
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    Dec 06, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    east and west of me is my brother's and sister's houses and the othe neighbors are out of reach.
    North is a 6km wide river,
    south are our fields, 2km long.

    until foxes and squirrels become computer savvy, risks are next to none.
  • MrPapo317

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    Dec 06, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    Yes. nothing wireless is secure, but having it protected is a lot better than not having it secure
  • NerdLifter

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    Dec 06, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    If you secure it, pick WPA, not WEP. They are very easy to break. Longer the WEP code doesn't help much either; it just makes it take a little longer.
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    Jan 08, 2011 9:38 AM GMT
    I have over 30 separate wifi networks within range of mine and my network is secured. Selecting a channel to avoid interference from the other networks is not so easy but possible if no one else re-configures their network too often.
    I stream my music via wifi and occasionally get interference leading to interruption of my music - which pisses me off MAJORLY.
    I've concluded that it is due to some neighbours cordless phones which often use channel switching.
    I am SERIOUSLY considering re-decorating ala Faraday cage...
    Still there is ethernet when all else fails. icon_smile.gif